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February 25, 2013

A Year With George Washington Edwards

About this time last year we adopted a one-year-old cat from our local Humane Society (you can read that story here).

George has been the most awesome addition to our family. We had hoped for a cat that would be equal parts playful and cuddly and that’s exactly George.

Simon was really the one who wanted a cat.

As he would tell you straight-out in his matter-of-fact manner, “I’m a fan of cats.”

George and Simon definitely have a special relationship that’s continued to grow over the year. I often find him sleeping on Simon’s bed when he’s at school and if he’s inside when the bus drops Simon off he often runs downstairs to greet him.

He’s indoor/outdoor just like a dog.

That was a total win as far as I’m concerned.

Yea, he’s kinda like a person sometimes.

And other times he’s just like a cat.

I’m also a pretty big cat fan so having this guy here has been therapeutic for all of us this past year.

He and Lily are definitely pals.

And for those of you who are bigger dog fans, Lily’s been doing pretty good considering her age since being really sick two summers ago.

Super thankful for this little guy in our lives even when he brought us two snakes (once inside) last summer. As Simon likes to repeat (and I so agree) from Indiana Jones, “I hate snakes.”

We love you George!


  • 1.
    Hannah said…

    Snakes? Yikes! that;s a new one to me! We also adopted a one year old cat last year, but she only brings birds- always a trigger for a little chat about the circle of life and animals are different from humans etc! I think she is a little disappointed that I am not thrilled with the gifts she brings me!

  • 2.
    jenn shurkus said…

    love love love all the pics of george washington :) esp the pic of the 2 of you. happy he has been a happy addition to your home thanks for sharing ali!

  • 3.
    Sandi said…

    Loved your whole story until you got to the snakes! lol

  • 4.
    Tarren said…

    He is such a beautiful cat! Unfortunately, we are not allowed to have pets where we live, and it’s hard for me as I have always had cats around growing up and such. And the kids (4 and 3) are starting to ask why we can’t have pets. I love the pic of him sitting at the table! So cute! Keep the cat pictures coming!

  • 5.
    Ilona said…

    :-D I love those little stories and the pictures are great! You might think you could read his mind ;-)

  • 6.
    Lisa said…

    Cats are a pretty funny creature.

  • 7.
    Rhadonda said…

    We love cats and have 2. Our newest cat, who belongs to our daughter, plays fetch like a dog. I am sure she is not the only one but we think it is kind of funny. They definitely have a mind of their own. Here is the link to see Dakota playing fetch with a milk carton ring.

  • 8.
    Kim S (nerdgrl) said…

    Not much of a cat person…totally a dog person, but I know how much they can add to our lives. Hopefully, we do the same to theirs! Loved reading about George Washington Cat (Simon named him, didn’t he?)

    And, this is going to sound really lame, but I will often open one of Steffi’s albums and talk to her as I look through it. Steffi is our VERY spoiled VERY pampered 13 and a quarter year old white mini schnauzer princess. I swear she likes to look at them too!

  • 9.
    Anne-Marie said…

    So sweet. I lost one of my kitties last summer and so many of these pictures reminded me of my cat, Skunk.

  • 10.
    Denise said…

    We have 3 small dogs, one inside cat and 3 outside cats. I love our dogs dearly but I am most definetly a cat person. Love them! So much fun to watch and cuddle with! And MoMo (the inside cat) is just so comforting to pet and snuggle when you have had a hard day!

  • 11.
    Shawna said…

    OMGosh. Pic of George sitting @ the table. LOVE HIM.
    You are such a great story teller.
    George is lucky to have such a great family!

  • 12.
    Sue said…

    What an amazing cat. I am sure he feels pretty lucky to be part of this great family too. It was good to read about Lily too. Thanks for sharing.

  • 13.
    Ari said…

    Love, love, love this blog post! Pets are so enriching to have around… wouldn’t trade my cats for anything! Thanks for sharing your stories :)

  • 14.
    Jules said…

    He knew what he was doing when he picked your family ;) he knew he was coming home.

  • 15.
    Megan said…

    George sounds like the coolest cat around!

  • 16.
    Jennifer said…

    “I’m a fan of cats…” I can just hear it, lol!! I’m a fan of cats- and dogs- myself, and think a home just isn’t complete without one (or five, lol!) thanks for the fun story, and I’m glad to hear George Washington Edwards (great name, BTW!!) is such a good fit into your family.

  • 17.
    Kelli said…

    Loved this post, so heartwarming. I have one cat who also brings home snakes! But he politely eats the entirety of the mice he catches. His mother on the other hand … eats all but the heads and proudly leaves the HEADS at our back door! Gotta love em :)

  • 18.
    slmnontec said…

    You can almost hear that cat thinking thoughts like Garfield. Love those eyes!

  • 19.
    Amy said…

    I have a real soft spot for black with white, short haird cats. We had one growing up – Pitters (short for Pitter-patter) lived to be 18. Your George reminds me of her, except not sure she would have tollerated a dog :O) Glad he is such a good fit with all of you!

  • 20.
    sansku said…

    I <3 cats too!

  • 21.
    Jill Kane said…

    Seriously, he’s the most regal looking cat! The one at the table w/the cat food still makes me laugh – and I’m not a cat person :)

  • 22.
    SherriS. said…

    He’s got an adorable personality that you caught on camera. Cats are great medicine. My own Buddy (orange with white belly) loves his belly rub and wants to play several times a day.

  • 23.
    Lisa said…

    Your posts are always fantastic, but this is one of my favorite favorites. I too have a tuxedo cat and then another nearly solid black cat and they bring me great joy and comfort. They sleep on top of me if I fall asleep on the sofa and just like in your picture, I find myself looking into large, green cat eyes when I wake up. And the picture of George Washington sitting at the table reminds me so of my “big girl – Sweetheart” cat who was only with me 10 short years. She often “sat at the table” just like that and I declared over and over that she was half human. My husband was not amused! And no one could sleep like her. She had perfected the “cat nap.” Such good friends these creatures are – such an essential part of our lives.

  • 24.
    kat-in-texas said…

    He’s gorgeous–and I love his name! Yep, I can’t imagine life without a cat. Like having your own pet tiger! :)

  • 25.
    Paula said…

    I bet George Washington Edwards loves his “people” too!

  • 26.
    Laura said…

    he’s a cutie :)

  • 27.
    rhonda robson said…

    Reading this makes me miss having a cat in the house. Mine died 2.5 years ago. We have two outside but kali would cuddle up on my back. I loved that feeling. Miss her.

  • 28.
    Michelle said…

    So funny. Our cat must be his twin. Same name (George), a stray, an in/out cat, and really lovey (he’s like a dog). Oh… And he always sleeps with my oldest son too.

  • 29.
    Raylene said…

    We have 2 girly cats and they enrich our lives. One of ours is very sensitive especially when I am ill and does not leave my side, snuggling a little closer to my neck.
    I suspect that George knows ALL about Simon and makes it his daily goal to soothe him. They are just like that! How quickly a year goes by!

  • 30.
    Jayne said…

    I love reading that George has met both your hopes! Loving the photos – he certainly looks happy!as do you, Simon and Anna.

  • 31.
    Melanie said…

    I love your pet posts. I haven’t been a big fan of cats in the past but I’ve had cats. I’m generally allergic to cats, BUT I’m considering fostering kittens for our local humane society. I’ve been fostering puppies which I LOVE but often kitten foster homes are in dire need so I may step into that. I’m sure it will be a blast since I love animals. George Washington looks like he has a ton of personality. I’m so glad that Lily is doing well.

  • 32.
    Lisa said… Love the photo of George at the table. I love cats too but my #2 son is allergic so when our cat was sick, we couldn’t keep him. :(

  • 33.
    Indy said…

    I am so glad you shared George’s 1st year with us! I am a total cat fan! My hubby and I adopted our little shelter cat, Catapult, nearly 2 years ago. We picked her out at 1 week and adopted at 5 weeks, and she has blessed our house with never-ending entertainment! Thank goodness for our furry friends!

  • 34.
    Tracy Smith said…

    I’m with Simon – I’m a fan of cats, too!

  • 35.
    Elisabeth Costa said…

    Your George is SO much like our Jack (and looks an awful lot like him too!!) He has a brother Sedona who is huge and more like a dog LOL Our pets do bring the extra love we need sometimes. Glad your George found your family to adopt.

  • 36.
    Trina said…

    Hey Ali–Did you guys train George to be an indoor/outdoor cat or did he come to you that way? My boys desperately want another cat but I just can’t deal with the whole litter box thing again.

  • 37.
    Cary Vanos said…

    I LOVE that Simon says “I am a fan of cats”. My son Charlie says “I am a fan of….” for so many things. Love that you named the cat George. Love the pictures and the post.

  • 38.
    mandyb said…

    oh my goodness my cat sleeps on me the same way yours does!!!
    and mine is called Georgie!!! snap!!! (girl version!!! of George)
    did you take that pic?? cos id love a shot of that too….but am single so would have to wrangle the camera myself!!!

    and simon i am with you
    i love cats too!!!

  • 39.
    Jo-Anne from ZA said…

    Your little furry guy and big furry lady are just so special! Isn’t it amazing how they just manage to creep into your heart while you are not looking:-)

  • 40.
    Karen said…

    You’ve captured George brilliantly! He reminds me a lot of our cat Spooky from his b&w markings. We so want a dog but are afraid our cats wouldn’t like him/her. Nice to see that your pets are friends!

  • 41.
    A. Sanborn said…

    Being cat lovers ourselves (Manx x2)

    I enjoyed the story of “George Washington” Edwards arrival and loved the story of Simon choosing a name. Truly hard to believe it’s been a year already, Ali.

    Love the photos of George and yourself appearing to have caught a “cat nap”. Along with George stretching out on his back on the couch. Totally made me laugh. Tuxedo cats have so much character.


  • 42.
    dawn said…

    aawww how cute this post is! I can’t believe it’s been a year already, time is flying. Love the photos and the words Ali, thanks so much!!

  • 43.
    Cindy McDannold said…

    My sister has two rescued cats that constantly bring dead birds etc. and lay them at the front door! A lady once told her that cats are never “beholding” to anyone, so they are paying for their care and showing you they can work for their keep. Maybe just an old wives tale, but kind of a cute story.

  • 44.
    Ellen Coker said…

    It was a delight to read George Washington Edwards year in review. Pets so fill our lives with love and self acceptance.
    I live with Henry George, also a tuxedo and Jack Charles, a tabby also known as a tweed blazer.
    Enjoy the day.

  • 45.
    Beverly said…

    such as wonderful story!

  • 46.
    Benita said…

    He’s beautiful, Ali!

  • 47.
    Ruth G said…

    Wonderful! Great pictures – you can tell he was very happy when he was laying on your shoulder – and great to hear how he’s made himself a part of the family! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • 48.
    Cathy L. said…

    I love your photos of George! My daughter and one of our cats have a very special relationship. I laughed when I saw George on Simon’s Lego table. I wonder if he knocks everything down like our Gizmo does? That’s the only time Chloe gets mad at him, and she always forgives him pretty quickly!

  • 49.
    KSW said…

    You captured the essence of life as a family, and GWE suits your family perfectly. I love your shots.

  • 50.
    courtneydogs said…

    I am really enjoying your blog (been a reader for 3 years). You look so beautiful and happy and the kids look amazing. I am in love with George, in his little handsome tux!

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